UC Riverside Graduate Open House

Graduate Open House



UCR Graduate Open House
Saturday, October 26, 2019

10 a.m. - 2 p.m., main campus


GMAT, GRE, CSET exam voucher raffle! $30 application fee discount for all attendees! 

UCR's Graduate Open House is a perfect opportunity for prospective graduate students to visit campus, and meet faculty, admissions advisors, and current graduate students from programs in Science & Math, Teaching & Education, Engineering, Business, Public Policy
Free Parking in Lot 24
Once you exit the freeway, or are approaching campus, follow the "Graduate Open House" signs to park in Lot 24. Once you park, follow the pedestrian signs to "Graduate Open House." We recommend you arrive by 9:30 a.m. to allow time for parking and check-in. Check-in is right outside University Lecture Hall. Just follow the signs!

Main Program, University Lecture Hall 1000:

9:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.: Parking, Lot 24, Check-In, Refreshments
Tabling by: Graduate Programs, Graduate Housing, Veteran’s, Graduate Division
**If you are unsure which program breakout session you'd like to attend at 11 a.m., we encourage you to arrive by 9:30 a.m. to speak to programs before the welcome event begins.

10 a.m. – 11 a.m.: Welcome, Graduate Division Dean Shaun Bowler
Presentations: “GRE/GMAT Tips and Tricks,” Academic Resource Center; GradSuccess; Graduate Student Association, GRE/GMAT/CSET Raffle 


11 a.m., Program Breakout Sessions, Various Locations:

Please note: A copy of the below agenda with locations will be handed out at check-in.

Bourns College of Engineering
Materials Science and Engineering Program
11 a.m. – 2 p.m.: Meet and have lunch with faculty, staff, and leadership

11a.m.-1 p.m.: Research Opportunities and Admissions Process
1 p.m.- 2 p.m.: Lunch

Computer Science, and Computer Engineering
11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.: Faculty Research Talks
12:00 p.m. – 12:30 p.m.: Current Student Panel, Faculty Meet and Greet
12:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.: Lunch and Admissions Information Q & A

Chemical and Environmental Engineering 
11:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.: Application Workshop
1:30 p.m. – 2pm: Student Panel with Graduate Student Association, Lunch

Mechanical Engineering
11:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.: Welcome and Introduction
11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.: Lab Tour
12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.: Lunch and Q&A
1:30 p.m. – 2:00 pm: Social with Mechanical Engineering Graduate Student Association

Electrical and Computer Engineering
11:00 a.m. -12:00 p.m.: Department Welcome and Graduate Program Overview, Dr. Hamed Mohsenian-Rad, Grad Advisor
12:10 p.m.-1:30 p.m.: Graduate Student Panel and Lunch
1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.: Workshops: Admissions Overview and Strategies, BS + MS Workshop, Lab/Demo Tour 

Biomedical Sciences
11:00 a.m.–11:30 a.m: Biomedical Sciences Graduate Program Overview, Dr. Byron Ford       
11:30 a.m.–12:00 p.m.: Faculty Research Talks, Biomed Program Faculty
12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.: Lunch & Graduate Student Panel      
1:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.Is Research Right for You? Q&A Session
Narrowing Down Your Research AreasApplication Tips, 
Biomed Graduate Students

Department of Mathematics
11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.: Graduate Program Overview, Dr. Fred Wilhelm, Graduate Advisor 
12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.: Lunch with Faculty and Current Graduate Students
1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.: Faculty and Graduate Student Research Talks
Dr. Weitao Chen, Dr. Peter Samuelson, Therese-Marie, Christian Michael
2:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.: Application Process Overview with Margarita Roman, Graduate Student Services Advisor
2:30 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.: Closing, Dr. Wilhelm and Margarita Roman

College of Natural and Agricultural Sciences
11:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.: Welcome, Dr. Katherine Uhrich, CNAS Dean and Dr. Frances Sladek, Divisional Dean Life Sciences
11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.: Graduate Student Panel
12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.Networking Lunch, CNAS Faculty, Graduate Students, and Student Services Advisors
1:15 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.: Poster Session
2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.: Optional Session: Application Tips & Tricks Q&A
2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.: Optional Session: Campus Tour
2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.: Optional Session: Neuroscience Breakout Session

School of Public Policy
11 a.m. – 12 p.m.: Admissions Presentation
12 p.m. – 1 p.m.: Lunch and Faculty Panel with Professor Ran Wei, Distinguished Professor Ariel Dinar, Professor Richard Carpiano, Professor Kevin Esterling, Professor Francisco Pedraza, Dean Anil Deolalikar, Associate Dean Kurt Schwabe
1 p.m. – 2 p.m.: Student Panel

School of Business
11:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.: Welcome and Introduction, Dr. Yunzeng Wang, Dean of School of Business, Irene Song, Associate Director of Graduate Admissions and Recruitment
11:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.: Information Session, Patrick Latimer, Associate Director of Graduate Admissions and Recruitment
12:00 p.m. – 12:30 p.m.: Student Panel, Jamie Linares, Chief Ambassador
12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.: Networking Lunch, Faculty, Staff, and Student Ambassadors 
1:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.: Optional: Campus Tour

Graduate School of Education
Teacher Education Program
11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.: Overview of Admission Requirements, Scholarships, and Deadlines, Alex Arriaga, Leticia Singh, Frances Valdovinos, Academic Advisors
12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.: Alumni Panel Discussion, Q & A with TEP Alumni
1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.: Networking Lunch, Faculty, Students, and Alumni
Hosted by Interim Dean Louie F. Rodriguez

M.A./M.Ed./Doctoral Programs
11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.: Graduate Application Info Session and Q & A with Current Graduate Students; Heather Killeen, Graduate Program Coordinator
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm: Faculty Research Talks
Dr. Eddie Comeaux, Dr. Wesley Sims, Dr. Rican Vue, Dr. Katherine Stavropoulos
1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.: Networking Lunch, Faculty, Students and Alumni
Hosted by Interim Dean Louie F. Rodriguez


Free event. Free parking. RSVP required.
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Please note: Multiple fee waivers cannot be combined. Only one per applicant, and must be used to apply for one of the programs above.